It’s evident that the masterful saxophonist Ralph Bowen spends a lot of time practicing and dealing with the basics of the instrument. His full, focused tone maintains its quality with impeccable intonation throughout all registers and his technical facility approaches perfection. You can follow one of his intricate melodic patterns measure after measure without witnessing a single finger slip. Indeed, he flawlessly navigates the changes of the scorching “Country Rhythm” at a tempo few horn players would even attempt. Happily, Bowen uses his skill for expressive purposes in a well-formed style descended from John Coltrane’s and with a family resemblance to Michael Brecker’s.
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